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Senior Services 

Description

Senior Services is the most comprehensive nonprofit agency serving older adults and their loved ones in Washington State. Established in 1967, we promote positive aging for thousands of seniors and their families each year through a system of integrated programs, services and senior centers throughout King County.  

Mission Statement
Our mission is to promote the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults through a network of community connections and services. Our vision is of a just society where aging adults and those who care about them can live their best lives.
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Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Ste. 100 
Seattle 
WA
98121-2055 
(206) 448-5757 

Ms. Paula L. Houston 
Chief Executive Officer 

Programs

Senior Services Programs

Fostering Independence
Most older adults wish to remain independent, preferably staying in their own, familiar homes. Senior Services’ programs, such as Transportation, Meals on Wheels and Minor Home Repair allow elders to be as independent as possible by providing necessary support services.

Promoting Health & Wellness
Physical fitness, a healthy diet, socialization, and engagement are important to positive aging. Senior Services’ Health and Wellness programs ensure that seniors have exercise classes, dining programs, and a variety of activities. Our seven senior centers are the hubs for these programs and are strongly supported by the communities around them.

Information & Advocacy
Senior Services knows that good information is critical, often difficult to find, and sometimes hard to interpret without a counselor/advocate. That is why we have created some of the most comprehensive information and advocacy programs in King County. Our programs address the complex needs and challenges related to health concerns, economic issues, and general well-being of seniors and their families.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Success
In 2013 our Meals on Wheels program delivered nearly 400,000 meals to homebound seniors across King County. In our decades of operation, we have never maintained a waiting list or turned away a senior in need of meals. Mobility challenges that make it difficult or impossible to shop or prepare food can easily force a senior into an assisted living program. In many cases, Meals on Wheels enables them to remain in their own homes, as most seniors prefer.

This lifesaving program is just one of the ways Senior Services contributes to the health and well-being of elders in our community.

Need
By 2025, the number of seniors in King County will double, representing 23 percent of King County's total population. In addition, the number of seniors living in poverty will more than double at that time. Our Aging Your Way initiative seeks to work with local residents to build the communities and resources they would like to see in the future.  We welcome community input and participation in our meetings and conferences as well as financial support and volunteer efforts.

Evaluation


Senior Services provides culturally competent, comprehensive services to seniors and their families across the state of Washington. Senior Services offers programs to support elderly adults to remain independent and supported while staying connected to the community around them.

Proven Success
Senior Services believes that healthy aging affects the whole community. Their services touch the lives of all generations—the young child being raised by a grandparent; the working middle-aged son or daughter caring for an aging parent; the newly-retired senior seeking fellowship and purpose; or the frail senior living alone, striving to remain independent. King County is home to an increasingly diverse aging population, and programs are updated to address emerging needs.

In 2011 and 2012, their Aging Your Way process resulted in 12 community gatherings and a Summit that emphasized what people can do with and for each other, building on neighborhood strengths, across sectors, to assure a more positive aging for all. These were successful events and engaged about 700 people. They hope this initiative will increase their effectiveness and that of their centers in terms of meeting the needs of younger, rising seniors.

Best Practices
Senior Services has focused on making a transformation over the past seven years from an organization that looked primarily inward and did not have a high profile in neighborhoods or in communities of color. That has changed in recent years. Their partner database lists more than 100 organizations with whom they have strong relationships, many of which have been established in the past 5 years.

Financial Health
Senior Services has put additional emphasis on private fundraising and increased board engagement. The agency has also been working towards improving internal networks and integration of fundraising and program work. Donations are up in almost every category from small to large. However, corporate sponsorships are down. It takes a lot more time to get fewer event sponsorships than ever.

Sustainability
They were active advocates and organized a number of their colleagues this past legislative session. Through the collective efforts of these organizations, the people they serve, and the Senior Lobby, they held the funding for aging programs constant, which was a victory considering all the cuts made.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2013 $15,000.00provide general operating support.
12/10/2012 $20,000.00provide general operating support.
12/10/2011 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2010 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/1/2008 $75,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $40,000.00support general operating expenses.

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